FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

Redding Reloading Equipment has expanded their offerings of Premium Die Sets with the addition of the 224 Valkyrie, one of the most popular new cartridges last year. Additionally, the 6mm Creedmoor and the 22 Nosler have new Premium Sets added as well.
Operation Dry Water is proud to join boating safety advocates nationwide during National Safe Boating Week, May 18 - 24, to raise awareness about safe boating practices.
Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) offers five tips for the most important things boat owners should consider before renting out their boats.

MarineMax supports National Safe Boating Week by encouraging boating enthusiasts to get involved and spread the word on social media. Visit or and join in the trivia contests to win a prize!
National Safe Boating Week is a great way to kick off what will be a fun and safe summer on the water: Here are some tips from the Maine Warden Service, Maine Marine Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guardon staying safe.
With National Safe Boating week and the release of the 2018 Boating Accident Statistical Report, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages boaters to focus on simple, effective steps that make boating safer.
In order to prevent the spread of these invasive species throughout Utah, several of the annual mandatory inspection stations have opened for the busy summer season. There will be more inspection stations this year than in past years.

With official practice for the 2019 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shopsstarting this Sunday, May 19th at sunrise, anglers will have plenty of study time on the lake to find schools of trophy bass.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce that Team Ruger won several division titles at this year's PSA Shootout Match held at the Palmyra Sportsmen's Club in Annville, PA. The PSA Shootout is a fast-paced match consisting of six stages with 25-35 targets of knockdown steel per stage.
Lots of big bass and lots of great anglers should result in a shootout at "The Chick" in the Bassmaster Eastern Open
TrueTimber and partners Benelli USA, Nikon Sport Optics and Winchester Ammunition, along with Major League Fishing® (MLF), announce a Sporting Clays Competition at Bass Pro Tour Stage Six.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) acquired 620 acres of critical public access and prime wildlife habitat, including elk habitat, along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front within the boundary of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. RMEF then conveyed the property to the USFS.
USDA is making available up to $40 million in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands.
Ducks Unlimited will host its inaugural Eastern Continental Shoot for competitive sporting clay shooters Oct. 9-13 at the world-class Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy in Branson.
Ducks Unlimited will hold its 82nd annual national convention May 28-June 1 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii. The national convention is an annual gathering and business meeting for DU’s most dedicated volunteers, partners and donors.

This spring, the Michigan DNR will begin collecting Great Lakes muskellunge from the Detroit River. These fish will be reared at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery in Mattawan and stocked in Michigan waters this fall.
Vermont’s “Trophy Trout” stocking program for 2019 includes eight river sections and 25 lakes and ponds receiving the two-year old trout, some over 18 inches long.
The muskie population in Brookville Lake has increased substantially in the past two years, according to sampling by DNR fisheries biologists.
More than 450 Bass Anglers to Descend on Marbury, Maryland for 36th annual BFL All-American and the FLW College Fishing National Championship – Two Internationally-Televised Tournaments

- GEAR -
Galco announced availability of the Speed Master 2.0 holster for the Springfield Armory XD Compact 3" pistol. A versatile holster, the Speed Master 2.0 includes both an adjustable belt slot and paddle attachments.
Ammotec USA, Inc. will showcase new and popular ammunition at the 2019 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in booth 1144 from May 21-23 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida
The Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP) hosted its annual fly-in “Center Focus on Washington,” where the organization honored three influential leaders for their contributions to recreational fishing and boating and marine conservation on Wednesday, May 15.
The recently released short film titled “Rain Deer – A Sitka Blacktail Story” by Randy Newberg and Tyler Johnerson – in partnership with the Boone and Crockett Club, Leupold & Stevens, and SITKA Gear – is a must-see according to B&C.

Ruger and Media Lodge have partnered to get new people involved in shooting sports for the Second Season of Ruger American New Shooter Academy, an original video series premiering on
Mossy Oak GO has shared the latest and greatest Can-Am S3 Powersports “Visions of Victory” episode for your viewing pleasure.
Starting Friday, May 17, 2019, and running through Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019, Apex Tactical Specialties is offering free shipping on all orders from their online store at In addition, any order over $100 will receive a free Apex patch.
This week on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio host Rob Keck is talking to an all-angler lineup featuring the 2019 GEICO Bassmaster Classic champion Ott Defoe.

America Outdoors Radio has more audio for you from the Backcountry Hunters & Anglers annual Rendezvous.
Charles Fort from BoatUS and Travis Perret from Trophy Bass Company join Ken on this week’s show.
This week on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio host Rob Keck is talking to an all-angler lineup featuring the 2019 GEICO Bassmaster Classic champion Ott Defoe.
DSC is eager to support Big Billy Kinder Outdoors talk radio as its title sponsor when it graduates to SiriusXM next month.

ERGO is proud to be a sponsor of the upcoming Rocky Mountain Airgun Challenge put on by Utah Airguns. Shooters will compete in the 100 Yard Benchrest, Precision Rifle Course, Speed Challenge, Big Bore, and 25 – Meter challenges.

American Defense Manufacturing announced the renewal of Dynamic Shooting Sports, LLC Rifle Series Competitions. American Defense Mfg Rifle Series consists of a minimum of 4 matches in 2019. Each match is a single-day event with roughly 4-5 stages and around 125-150 rounds.
Matwetwe Safaris has renewed as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor, WTU President Jeff Schinkten has announced.
Keep Florida Fishing® is proud to announce their sponsorship of the fifth annual Lionfish Challenge hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Visitors to Wilderness State Park can take advantage of several recently completed barrier-free improvements – all designed to help more Michiganders enjoy the outdoors at this Emmet County park.
After a total of 42 years on the job serving the citizens of South Carolina in various capacities, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Director Alvin Taylor handed over the agency reigns to SCDNR Deputy Director for Marine Resources Robert Boyles.
A ceremony held Thursday on the south lawn of the Indiana Statehouse recognized the graduation of seven K-9 teams from the Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement’s K-9 Resource Protection Program.
B.A.S.S. is offering fishing fans a chance to win a new Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in its “Ultimate Tacoma Sweepstakes” contest, which began this week.
It’s off to Kansas to hunt with Romo at Shallow Creek Outfitters. After several different scenarios, Mike finds out how versatile Mojo’s Scoot and Shoot is on fired up Gobblers.
The West Coast of Florida experienced the worst “red tide” in recorded history last summer and Sportsman Channel’s Florida Sportsman Watermen are there to help restore these waterways on Sundays at 8:30 a.m.

Just before the NRA Annual Meetings in Indianapolis, Indiana, I got an email from Gary Ramey, the guy behind Honor Defense. Seems Honor was about to go live with a new feature on their website, and he thought I might be interested.

The new feature? “Design Your Own Custom Pistol”- and it works as promised. You go to the website ( click on the tab “Design your own custom pistol” - and you’re directed to the page from which you can then choose any one of the wide variety of Honor pistol variations.

As I wandered through the site, I pretty quickly lost track of time because I’m one of those odd guys who likes to shop. So I tried all sorts of variations, color combations, safeties, backstraps, sights, barrel lengths and finishes.

Like all Honor Defense models, the custom unit is a stainless-steel modular chassis, ambidextrous magazine release, and disassembles without a trigger pull. There are several other standard features, but the design options allow for changes in everything from the sights to the backstraps.

It’s not unusual to have the ability to custom-design a pistol, but it is unusual to have the ability to start with a $299/MSRP pistol and have a choice 900 variations.

When I finished, I’d designed a 3.8 -inch long-slide model in “1776 Winter White” atop a 1911-grip style gripped green body. It had a tritium front sight, ambidextrous thumb safety, and tipped the cash register at just over $500.

I really liked what I saw online, but have spent enough time shopping online to realize that there can be a significant difference between what I think I see on the internet, versus what I’ll really see when a product arrived.

That’s when Ramey surprised me with a great offer: he would actually build a pistol to my specifications, then bring it to the NRA Exhibits so I could see if for myself.

And he did.

Short review: loved it.

In full disclosure, I’ve not had much experience on Honor Defense pistols, but I really liked the fit, finish and overall “feel” of the compact pistol. It’s small enough to be easily concealed, and - with the 3.8 inch barrel and 1911 grip configuration, felt solid and workable in my hand.

During the NRA Exhibits, I had the chance to hold "my" Honor Defense custom pistol while talking with Honor Defense's Gary Ramey (above). Now, he's agreed to give you the chance to "win Jim's pistol" (below). OWDN photos by Alex Miceli.

When Gary asked me about where I’d like the gun shipped, I had a sudden burst of inspiration. If it weren’t for you, our readers, there would be no reason why Gary -or any other manufacturer- would be so quick to offer their guns to any of us for testing and evaluation.

So I asked him this question: “Gary, would you be willing to give this gun to one of our readers?”

And….because he’s willing, we’re going to offer you the chance to “win Jim’s gun” - and we’re making it as simple as possible.

If you’re interested, you can get your name in the hat by simply going to Facebook and “following” Honor Defense ( Then you simply leave the message “I want to win Jim’s gun” and you’re in.

We’ll pick a random number and the person who has that number will win the pistol. I might even be able to round up some other “stuff” to make an already great deal even better.

We’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

Event Calendar

JUNE 2-5
NSSF Industry Summit

Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Website)

JUNE 7-9
D.C. Project Foundation’s 3-Gun Fundraiser

Reveille Peak Ranch, Burnet, Texas. Contact: Dianna Muller Info:

Import/Export Conference

Washington, DC (Website)

Boone and Crockett Club's 30th Big Game Awards

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium, Springfield, Missouri,

Outfitter Wire - 2271 N Upton St., Arlington, VA 22207
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